There are so many interactions through websites, emails and social networks that emojis, or emoticons, are increasingly used. These signs sometimes help communication to be more direct or provide nuances. So much so, that in the Opera browser they are going to give them a big boost.
As announced, Opera has partnered with Yat, a company that sells URLs using emoji strings, with the aim of implementing these to page addresses, as a navigation mode. You can access websites just by typing emojis.
The objective is “bring a new level of creativity to the internet” and you can enter websites only with the icons, there will be no need to add “www” or “.com”, for example.
To understand it well, there is nothing better than some practical examples. Now with the Opera browser you can visit Steve Aoki’s website with “🎂🎵”, or Lil Wayne’s with “👽🎵”, they point out on Gizmodo. Questlove’s Questlove Supreme podcast iTunes playlist is accessible by entering with “❓❤️”.
Jorgen Arnesen, executive vice president of mobile devices at Opera, states that “It has been almost 30 years since the world wide web was released to the public, and There hasn’t been a lot of innovation in the weblink space.: people still include .com in their URLs“. The time has come to change this.
The manager also states that “Through integration with Yat, Opera users can ditch .com or even words in their links and use emojis to be directed to websites. It’s new, it’s easier and more fun”.
This will not remove the option to access websites with the usual URL. When Opera detects that someone has put emojis in the address bar, will check the linkage with the Yat database to send the user to the corresponding page, if one exists.
We will see the route that this project has and if more browsers are added, but it is not too disruptive given what emojis are currently used.